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Bao – Soho, London – Review

Pig's blood cake, Bao, London

53 Lexington St, London W1F 9AS I finally made it to Bao. After a morning of tasting German wines and months after everyone else has already paid their dues in the queues. I got there shortly after 2pm thinking that, as it’s a week day and there’s just an hour left until it closes,…

Yauatcha, Soho, Chinese New Year 2014 lunch

Lion dance, Chinese New Year at Yauatcha, London

Menu from a lunch at the Michelin-starred Yauatcha during its Chinese New Year celebrations with special Year of the Horse dishes: [Tea – Silver Needle, Dragon’s Well  Green Tea, Phoenix Shui Xian] Dips and pickles Sticky rice in lotus leaf Spicy Szechuan pork wonton Lobster dumplings with tobiko caviar Striploin beef with enoki mushroom cheung…

Tonkotsu, Soho, Review

63 Dean St  London W1D 4QG Tonkotsu is the sort of place you can follow your nose to; the bubbling stock-pot by the window is surely designed to lure in passers-by. Owned by the people behind Tsuru Sushi, this new venture skilfully rides the wave of noodle fever currently flooding Soho. As is usually the case with anything namesake,…

Opium, Soho, Review

Sesame poppy lobster-prawn toast, Opium, Soho

15-16 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JA With history in mind, one might find a restaurant named Opium in Chinatown to be somewhat bad taste. As it goes, this is anything but. Like its neighbours, the Experimental Cocktail Club, it is nestled high above the Chinese eateries we know the area for. Owners Dre Masso and Eric Yu…

Pays d’Oc IGP wine tasting dinner

Roast loin of highland venison, celeriac and truffle puree, caramelized pumpkin and poached Williams pear, venison jus, Pays d'Oc dinner at Gauthier Soho

Menu from an evening at Gauthier Soho to taste a selection of the best wines from Pays d’Oc IGP in the South of France followed by dinner prepared by the chef (Read my profile on Languedoc Wines here): Mas des Dames Blanc 2011 Domaines Paul Mas, Mas des Tannes Réserve Blanc 2011 Domaine d’Aigues Belles, l’Autre Blanc 2011 Gérard Bertrand, Cigalus Blanc 2010 Domaines Paul Mas, Vermentino…

Brancott Estate Curiosity Club at Gauthier Soho dinner

Wines, Brancott Estate dinner at Gauthier Soho

Menu from a dinner at Gauthier Soho for the launch of New Zealand winery Brancott Estate‘s Curiosity Club with a selection of wine to match the food (Read my profile of Brancott Estate here): A selection of hot and cold canapés Brancott Estate Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Brut NV Warm lobster salad, confit lemon, tomatoes and artichokes, coral…